One of India’s twelve Jyotirlingas is the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This Shaiva temple may be found near Trimbak, 28 kilometres from Nashik City, at the base of the Brahmagiri Hills. The temple, built in the 18th century by the Maratha king Peshwa Nana Saheb, is mentioned in the potent Mrityunjaya Mantra, which bestows immortality and longevity.
The temple’s grounds, which feature classic architecture, also mention the Kusavarta or Kunda, which is thought to be the river Godavari’s source. The Jyotirlinga’s three faces, which stand for Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rudra, are a remarkable feature. In the centre of the temple, known as the “garbhgriha,” only male worshippers are allowed. Here, a sovala or silk dhoti is the required attire. If devotees want to participate in the abhishekam, they must reserve pandits.
Another legend states that Lord Shiva set up a protracted search for Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to locate the opposite end of the pillar of light Shiva had erected. Brahma made up the fact that he had discovered it, which was actually an endless column of fire with Shiva waiting on the other side.
After realising Brahma was lying, Lord Shiva cursed him with never being adored or revered. This further enraged Brahma, who then cursed Lord Shiva once more. Shiva hid underground at Trimbakeshwar, where a lingam is still visible, to defend himself.
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